Open Foundations – Creative Writing

Approx. Duration: 12 months at 8hrs/week


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The Open College of the Arts is the distance learning college of the University for the Creative Arts – one of the UK’s leading specialist art and design universities.

The Open Foundations Creative Writing course is designed to inspire and encourage new students to practise independent writing. The course is suitable for students are unsure whether they are ready to engage in degree level study and those who wish to study a single stand-alone course to develop their skills and understanding. You will start writing immediately, drawing from personal experience and, with feedback from your tutor, you can expect to make rapid progress. On completion of the five parts of the course you should have gained sufficient skills and enough confidence to go on to further study with the Open College of the Arts or elsewhere, and be able to decide on the nature and direction of your future studies or writing practice.


  • to inspire and encourage new students
  • to support early efforts in creative writing
  • to gain skills in how to draw from personal experience
  • to develop strategies that support further learning


On completion of this course, you should be able to demonstrate competence in the following strategies and techniques:

  • freewriting
  • analytical reading
  • notebooking
  • writing from personal experience
  • researching and saving material for further use

You will have an understanding the writing process, comprehension of the terms ‘genre and form’, understanding the practice and use of creation and imagination

You will have produced a short story and some poetry

Unit Leader

Nina Milton

Unit Leader for Foundations in Creative Writing

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“I encourage students to experiment with a personal voice that will make their writing unique to them, while offering strong technical advice that will support their development.
I have been writing fiction since my reception teacher, Mrs Marsden, put paper and pencil in front of me. Suddenly I grasped that real live people were responsible for all those lovely books…”

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